JaiminiLogoThe Jaimini Scholar Program (JSP) is perhaps, the greatest and most detailed jyotiṣa study available on this planet. It is no mean feat to study this in depth and finally get certified after facing the viva-voce. This program was conceptualised and taught in the traditional manner by Pt. Sanjay Rath at Almora and Bhimtal, Himalayas. Perhaps someday in the future, a proper documentation of the program shall be made and till such time, we do not wish to hold back on the aspirants who wish to learn this great knowledge from the paraṁparā.

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The Tradition: By Andrew Foss
chaitanyamantraMaharishi Parashara can be looked on as the head of the lineage of Jyotish teaching as the oldest text that we have is his. However the tradition is that this knowledge was taught by the creator Brahma to his son Narada who taught it to Rishi Saunaka who taught Maharishi Parashara. Parashara’s son and disciple was Veda Vyasa. Maharishi Jaimini was the disciple of Veda Vyasa, thus Jaimini’s guru’s guru was Parashara. By titling his work the ‘Upadesha’ sutras, he clearly indicates that they are explanatory of the teachings received from his guru, and so from Parashara. Indeed, without Jaimini’s sutras, what other text gives such deep insight into Parashara’s teachings? There are many teachings of Parashara that have been largely ignored for lack of knowledge of how to apply them. Early in BPHS, for example, Parashara tells us to use the Rashi Drishtis (sign aspects), long before the Graha Drishtis (planetary aspects) are introduced. However, especially in the North of India, these Drishtis are seldom checked or their implications for the structure of cosmic energy understood.

500 years ago in 1510, Swami Achutyananda took birth. He became one of the PanchaSakha or five friends of the great Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Swamiji was of exceptional brilliance in the Vedic arts and sciences and became the astrologer to the king of Puri, Orissa. He authored hundreds of books and established schools of astrology and other Vedic sciences in Orissa and beyond. The lineage of Pdt. Sanjay Rath traces directly from Swami Achutyananda, the teaching being passed down within the Brahmin families unbroken over this vast stretch of time.

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Pt. Jagannath Rath
Jyotish Ratna of Odisha

Those wishing to benefit from the wealth of knowledge of this lineage and become a part of it should understand that the Rishis are watching and hold us to high account. Holding this knowledge is a great responsibility. Each graduate Scholar should train at least one other suitable person while protecting the integrity of the knowledge. Sattva must be cultivated in life, and the nature of the knowledge is such that it greatly facilitates this. Knowledge of Devanagari (Sanskrit script) is a great advantage and those who have not studied this should plan to master it. This is easier than it might at first appear. An interest in learning something of Sanskrit vocabulary is also highly desirable. A good knowledge of basic Jyotish and, of course, a keen interest in it is also necessary.

Course Overview: By Andrew Foss
The Jaimini Scholar program is a four part course taught over five years. It contains a great deal of advanced material not available anywhere else. This is the teaching of an ancient tradition and its wisdom could not be figured out by anyone just from the texts, however intelligent. This is the first era when this knowledge has been taught outside of a few Brahmin families. Many key teachings on remedial measures are included. This course is entirely unlike those courses where material is covered but many secrets are withheld.

Each part of the course is based on a Chapter of Jaimini’s Upadesha Sutras and is related to one of the four Vedas. Each is taught as a separate module. Successful participants can obtain certification from the Devaguru Brihaspati Centre (DBC) so that they can teach the program. The DBC and the course leader will determine when a student has reached a sufficient level for certification. The course is very detailed and has many lessons including recorded slides. For example, Year 1 involves 28 principal lessons and several subsidiary lessons.

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Not everyone is eligible to mentor this course. One needs to be a Jaimini Scholar which means (a) has studied this course for five (academic) years and (b) is Certified to teach and propagate this knowledge by DBC.

Please peruse the list of Certified Jaimini Scholars and check whether any of them has agreed to Mentor JSP. This information is available at the profile as well as the list.
Of the few available to mentor, you need to know the one who is geographically the closest as it means better student-mentor contact, ability to attend personal meetings and contact classes as well as lessor travel requirements.

Thereafter, kindly contact the mentor directly and check whether you can join any course. SoHamsa | DBC does not assure you of a mentor nor can we say that you will be accepted. To be accepted is your good fortune. DBC is only concerned with the certification and quality standards of the Jaimini Scholars.

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Learn from the words of Pt.Sanjay Rath

In addition to direct learning from the Mentor you are required to study the online slides and material of the Jaimini Scholar Program which is available at http://jaiminisutra.com website.

Such a study is necessary for the purpose of Certification

However, if you are not interested in Certification, you need not avail of this online study material.

The website is maintained by Mr. Visti Larsen (visti@srigaruda.com) who is the Head of the Jaimini Scholar Program

Jupiter in Cancer —The Return of the Light

Paddi-Ad2Dates: June 19-23, 2014. Greater Seattle Area
Venue: Embassy Suites Seattle – North/Lynnwood, 20610 44th Ave West, Lynnwood, Washington, USA 98036 | Tel: +1-425-775-2500 | Fax: +1-425-774-0485 Reservations Map
The CVA will be celebrating our 20th anniversary by convening an extraordinary conference in the greater Seattle area June 19-23 of 2014. Our 20th anniversary conference will feature over 30 CVA speakers and presenters from our national and international cadre of recognized teachers and practitioners the world over. You will not want to miss this event!

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8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Arudha: Manifestation of LifePOST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
Monday, June 23 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Timing Events with Sundarshana Chakra and Vimshottari Dasa

About CVA Conference Info Registration

Speakers

We’ve assembled some of the world’s leading Vedic astrology experts for our 20th anniversary conference. Whether you participate in just a few sessions or several, you’ll gain valuable information and education while improving your professional development: Jeffery Armstrong, Shambhavi Chopra, Dr. Lynn Bootes, Nalini Kanta Das, Melanie Farmer, Dr. Brendan Feeley, Dennis Flaherty, David Frawley, Gary Gomes, Edith Hathaway, James Kelleher, Sat Siri Khalsa, Robert Koch, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Paddi Moore, Susie Patterson, Sanjay Rath, A. B. Shukla, Swami Sitaramananda, Komilla Sutton, Gayatri Devi Vasudev, Chakrapani Ullal

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
Thursday, June 19 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
David Frawley/Shambhavi Chopra: The Role of Shakti in Vedic Astrology
Gayatri Devi Vasudev: Categories of Longevity in Vedic Astrology
POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
Monday, June 23 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Jim Kelleher: How to Give a Vedic Astrology Reading
Sanjay Rath: Timing Events with Sundarshana Chakra and Vimshottari Dasa
Sarasvati Track
Friday through Sunday, June 20-22, 2014
The Sarasvati track will feature beginning to intermediate topic in the field of Vedic astrology.
Ganesha Track
Friday through Sunday, June 20-22, 2014
The Ganesha track will feature intermediate to advanced topics in the field of Vedic astrology.
Friday, June 20, 2014 | 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Shambhavi Chopra: Shakti Bhava
Dennis Flaherty: Saturn’s Sadi Sati. The Time of Your Life
Paddi Moore: Jyotish and Yoga
Swami Sitaramananda: Spiritual Counseling in Vedic Astrology
Friday, June 20, 2014 | 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Dr. Lynn Bootes: The Lagna and Life
Sat Siri Khalsa: Nakshatras Revealing Intentions
Gary Gomes: Merging Jaimini, Nadi and Systems Approach
Robert Koch: The Spiritual Underpinnings of Jyotish
Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Jeffrey Armstrong: The Language of Jyotish
Melanie Farmer: Ayurvedic Remedies
Brendan Feeley: Introduction to Ayurvedic Jyotish
Edith Hathaway: The Jupiter/Saturn Conjunction
Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
David Frawley: The Vedic Basis of Vedic Astrology
Sanjay Rath: Arudha: Manifestation of Life
AB. Shukla: To be announced
Gayatri Devi Vasudev: Bhadhaka The Supplementary Tool.
Sunday, June 22, 2014 | 8:00 AM to closing ceremony
Nalini Kanta Das: The Varshapal Chart
Susie Patterson: The Moon’s Nakshatra
Chakrapani Ullal: Jupiter in Cancer/Saturn in Libra
Sunday, June 22, 2014 | 8:00 AM to closing ceremony
James Kelleher: Using Divisional Charts and Vimshottari Dasa
Komilla Sutton: Coping with Planetary Affliction
Dr. Suhas Kshirsager: Vaidyakkeya – Jyotish Medical Astrology

Conference Theme:  ‘Jupiter and Saturn in honor of their exaltations’

jupiter-saturn-1Dates: 24 to 29 April 2014 London, UK.
Venue: 11/13 Mandeville Place, London WIU 3AJ, UK. (nearest tube station Bond Street) Google Map
This is the 16th international BAVA Conference. The Workshops are with Sanjay Rath, Pandit Samavedula, Komilla Sutton and Andrew Foss
The Faculty of Esteemed Vedic Astrologers
Sanjay Rath, Pandit Samavedula, Dr. Andrew Foss, Komilla Sutton, Gordon Brennan, Anna Karlsdottir, Bulbul, Sarbani Rath, Geoffrey Pearce, Vijaya Subramanian, Marianna Polonsky
The Workshops are with Pandit Samavedula, Sanjay Rath, Komilla Sutton and Andrew Foss
Conference Info Join BAVA Contact BAVA

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Graha Yuddha
Definition of Yuddha (War) and Astāṅgata (Combustion)
Longitude and Latitude wars
Types of Yuddha
Effects of Graha Yuddha (with Illustrations)
Keynote Address
Jupiter & Saturn: The Jovian Years Demystified
The first approximation of Jupiterian transit in the zodiac gives 12 years while that for Saturn is 30 years. The lowest common multiple for these two figures is 60, which is the total period of the jovian cycle.
Let us study the jovian years keeping this cycle in mind, and the correction that it needs as this is an approximation.
What is the implication of Jupiter and Saturn being in trikoṇa, kendra or such bhāva from each other.
Praśna Workshop
Part-1: Praśna Basics
Things to be noted at query time
Listing topics for Readings
The 22 Time personified evils
Muhurta and similar factors
Part-2: Praśna Application
Praśna Ārūḍha
Praśna Akṣara
Nimitta
Praśna Chart
Pañca Sūtra
Ārūḍha application
Answering Questions (Praśna)
Importance of personal sādhanā

2014 BAVA Conference Programme

Note: A is for Advanced. B is for beginners.
Thursday 24 April
10am-12:30pm Workshop and Puja Pandit Samavedula, Navagraha Participatory Puja with special focus on Jupiter and Saturn, come and be a part of this very special puja (with explanations)
2pm-5pm Workshop Andrew Foss, Pacakadi Sambandha, the awakening of the grahas.

Friday 25 April
9:30am-12:30pm Workshop Komilla Sutton, Sade Sati – Saturn’s Intense and Defining Transit
2:30pm Opening of Conference
3.00pm Keynote address Sanjay Rath, Jupiter & Saturn: The Jovian Years Demystified
5pm B Gordon Brennan, Will the UK break up?
5pm A Andrew Foss, The Arudhas of Jupiter and Saturn

Saturday 26 April
9am B Anna Karlsdottir, Saturn and Jupiters transits through the Nakshatras of their exaltation signs. Their harmony and possible impact
9am A Pandit Samavedula, Nakshatra mantras part 1
11am  Plenary Sanjay Rath, Graha Yuddha, planetary war
2pm B Bulbul Barrett, The solar-lunar technique of looking at the annual chart
2pm A Sarbani Rath, Guru Kripa, the role of the grace of the Guru and Jupiter’s transit through Cancer
4pm B Komilla Sutton, Jupiter and Saturn’s role as Bhava Karakas?
4pm A Geoffrey Pearce, Influences of Jupiter/Saturn Conjunctions in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Sunday 27 April
9am Faculty panel plenary
11am B Pandit Samavedula, Nakshatra mantras part 2
11am A Vijaya Subramanian, Avasthas: special states of the planets
2pm B Komilla Sutton,12th house: Vyaya or Moksha?
2pm A Sarbani Rath, Saturn on the Arudha (this will be a discussion on Saturn’s transit on different houses from Arudha Lagna)
4pm B Andrew Foss, The mantras of the Grahas
4pm A Marianna Polonsky,TBA

 Monday and Tuesday 28-29 April
10am- 5pm Sanjay Rath, Prashna (Answering queries) Special 2-day workshop.
Monday: Part-1: Praśna Basics
Tuesday: Part-2: Praśna Application

Conference Speakers

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Sanjay Rath belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village of Puri, Orissa, which trace their lineage back to Shri Achyuta Das (Sri Achyutananda). Sanjay studied under his uncle, late Pandit Kasinath Rath. His grandfather, the late Pandit Jagannath Rath, was the Jyotish Ratna of Orissa and authored many books on Jyotish. He began his studies at a tender age, and received the depth of Jyotish only found among those who have been trained in the ancient traditional way of the parampara. He later became a graduate of mechanical engineering and worked for some time with the Government of India. Leaving government service to devote himself completely to Jyotisha, he has the depth of the ancient knowledge with the ability to communicate it to the modern mind.
He uses Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, Jaimini Upadesa Sutras, Brihat Jataka and Saravali as the foundations of Jyotisha and teaches from various other Jyotish scripture and sacred literature such as the Bhagavad Gita, Upanisads, Puranas, etc.  www.srath.com
Komilla SuttonAbout Komilla Sutton
Komilla is the co-founder and Chair of the british Association for Vedic Astrology. She is an internationally renowned consultant, teacher and lecturer. Indian born, Komilla Sutton is one of the pioneers in making tis subject more accesible for the Western readers. She is the author of ‘Vedic Love Signs’, ‘Vedic Astrology’, ‘The Essentials of Vedic Astrology’ and ‘Lunar nodes – Crisis and Redemption’.www.Komilla.com
Andrew Foss PhDAbout Andrew Foss PhD
Andrew Foss PhD, is the President and co-founder of the British Association of Vedic Astrology. He has a BA and MA from Oxford University in Physics and an MSc and PhD in Computing Science. He is the author of the leading software for Vedic Astrology, Shri Jyoti Star and the editor of the journal Gochara. He is a Jaimini Scholar and has lectured internationally on Jyotish, Ayurveda and computing and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. Web site: www.vedicsoftware.com
Pandit SamavedulaAbout Pandit Samavedula
Pandit Smavedula is a 6th generation Sama Veda pandit who was trained in the Vedas beginning at age 7. He attended the Shri Sarva Raya Veda Patha Shala school in South India, and after 12 years of study, received his Master’s Degree in Vedic Studies (Ganapati Pandit). Panditji will perform the pujas and homas during the conference.  www.vedicyagyacenter.com
Gordon BrennanAbout Gordon Brennan
Gordon Brennan has studied Vedic Astrology for 20 years and is also qualified in Sanskrit, the language in which it was originally written down. He has a post graduate qualification in astrology from India called Jaimini Scholar and also is the committee member of the British Association for Vedic Astrology responsible for education. www.bava.org/education
Geoffrey PearceAbout Geoffrey Pearce
Geoffrey is an accredited teacher of Jyotish by the American Council of Vedic Astrology (ACVA). He is a member of the ACVA Council, and Treasurer of the British Association for Vedic Astrology (BAVA). He takes regular weekly classes in London, in particular at the School of Economic Science in London where he is the Head of the Jyotish Faculty.
Besides teaching to over 30 students in London at Foundation and Intermediate levels, Geoffrey devotes a considerable amount of his time giving lectures to the public aimed at persuading them about the validity of the subject. He is also researching the laws and universal forces behind the astrological rules and principles, as well as the relationship between planetary cycles and the rise and fall of nations and civilisations. http://www.vediccharts.co.uk/
Sarbani RathAbout Sarbani Rath
In 1998 when Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra became the principal book on her table she began exclusively studying and practicing Jyotiṣa under the able guidance of Pt. Sanjay Rath. After receiving the Bṛhaspati Gāyatrī in 2002 she has been practising jyotiṣa professionally and teaching as a Jyotiṣa Guru of Śrī Jagannāth Center (SJC). She went on to be the President of SJC in 2008. She continues her passion of reading Vedic literature and after finishing a thorough study of the Garuḍa Purāṇa, is currently working on Sāradātilaka Tantra and Skanda Purāṇa. In 2011 she successfully completed the 5-year long Jaimini Scholar Programme (2007-11) and is a certified Jaimini Scholar of the First Himalaya Batch of Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center (DBC). On the directions of the DBC-Institute she is currently a teacher and Course Co-ordinator of the 2nd Himalaya Batch of the Jaimini Scholar Programme. As the Managing Editor of Sagittarius Publications, she oversees the publication of the quarterly jyotiṣa journal The Jyotish Digest and other astrology books. She has presented papers at various Jyotish conferences in India, USA, London and Serbia. She is a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA).  www.sarbanirath.com/
Anna KarlsdottirAbout Anna Karlsdottir
Co-founder and chairperson of the Spiritual Association of Seydisfjordur, established in 1993, Anna has been involved in various projects and extensive spiritual work throughout the years, and also organised a national convention on spirituality in 2006. Anna had been independently studying the fascinating subject of Vedic astrology for over a decade when she found her teacher Komilla Sutton, and has studied with her since 2003, participated in her workshops in the UK and her webinars, as well as pilgrimage trips and workshops in India. Anna is currently based in Seydisfjordur, Iceland. anna@brimberg.is

Master_SivanandaSivananda Ashram 15th Annual Vedic Astrology Conference

Friday, July 4—Sunday, July 6, 2014
Speakers: Sanjay Rath • Sarbani Rath • Komilla Sutton • William R. Levacy, Ph.D. • Andrew Foss PhD • James Kelleher • Sadasiva (Sam Geppi) • Swami Sitaramananda • Olga Mandodari Sokolova • Pandit Samavedula • William Surface
Venue: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, 14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949 530-272-9322 webmaster@yogafarm.org

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I am very honored to speak at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA and hope that the erudite astrologers in America and the world over who can find the time and resources to attend, would honor me with their presence.

Vedic Astrology and Understanding of the Mind

Please note that the topics of Pt. Sanjay Rath are listed here. More information, registration and accomodation can be obtained at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm links below.
Conference Info Conference Registration Contact Ashram

Lunar Zodiac and the Human Mind | Keynote Lecture

Sanjay Rath | Friday, July 4, 2014 | 8pm
Overview of the lunar zodiac including 27 Nakṣatra create 12 Rāśi; Birth triad: Janma, karma and ādhāna tārā; special nakṣatra; lunar bhāva and mental impulse etc.

Gaṇḍa-Tārā | 6 Hours | Master Class

Sanjay Rath | Friday, July 4, 2014 | 8-10am and 12-4pm
Calculation and effect of gaṇḍānta; Pada doṣa; Tārā-Dasāṁśa doṣa; Tārā-Pañca-dasāṁśa doṣa; Gaṇḍānta-Tārā and Vāra combination; Gaṇḍānta and birth-time; Lagna gaṇḍānta and effect of nakṣatra adjoining gaṇḍa-tārā; Gaṇḍa tithi and ṣaḍ-bhāga; Abandonment as a consequence of gaṇḍa effects. Gaṇḍa doṣa effects in three planes affecting sky (vyoma, loka), manuśya (humans) and tala (nether worlds).

Understand the Six Vedic Seasons | 2 Hours

Sanjay Rath | Saturday July 5, 2014 | 8 – 10 am
Ṛtu: Vedic Seasons Understanding the ṣaḍṛtu, the six vedic seasons; Mapping them to the signs; Planets in ṛtu signs; Ṣaḍṛtu śaktī; Ṣaḍṛtu colours and mantra; Birth time and ṣaḍṛtu; vimśottari daśā effect of the mood, mind and mantra;

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Conference Speakers

Sanjay RathAbout Sanjay Rath
Sanjay Rath belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village of Puri, Orissa, which trace their lineage back to Shri Achyuta Das (Sri Achyutananda). Sanjay studied under his uncle, late Pandit Kasinath Rath. His grandfather, the late Pandit Jagannath Rath, was the Jyotish Ratna of Orissa and authored many books on Jyotish. He began his studies at a tender age, and received the depth of Jyotish only found among those who have been trained in the ancient traditional way of the parampara. He later became a graduate of mechanical engineering and worked for some time with the Government of India. Leaving government service to devote himself completely to Jyotisha, he has the depth of the ancient knowledge with the ability to communicate it to the modern mind.
He uses Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, Jaimini Upadesa Sutras, Brihat Jataka and Saravali as the foundations of Jyotisha and teaches from various other Jyotish scripture and sacred literature such as the Bhagavad Gita, Upanisads, Puranas, etc.  www.srath.com
Sarbani RathAbout Sarbani Rath
In 1998 when Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra became the principal book on her table she began exclusively studying and practicing Jyotiṣa under the able guidance of Pt. Sanjay Rath. After receiving the Bṛhaspati Gāyatrī in 2002 she has been practising jyotiṣa professionally and teaching as a Jyotiṣa Guru of Śrī Jagannāth Center (SJC). She went on to be the President of SJC in 2008. She continues her passion of reading Vedic literature and after finishing a thorough study of the Garuḍa Purāṇa, is currently working on Sāradātilaka Tantra and Skanda Purāṇa. In 2011 she successfully completed the 5-year long Jaimini Scholar Programme (2007-11) and is a certified Jaimini Scholar of the First Himalaya Batch of Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center (DBC). On the directions of the DBC-Institute she is currently a teacher and Course Co-ordinator of the 2nd Himalaya Batch of the Jaimini Scholar Programme. As the Managing Editor of Sagittarius Publications, she oversees the publication of the quarterly jyotiṣa journal The Jyotish Digest and other astrology books. She has presented papers at various Jyotish conferences in India, USA, London and Serbia. She is a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA).  www.sarbanirath.com/
Komilla SuttonAbout Komilla Sutton
Komilla is the co-founder and Chair of the british Association for Vedic Astrology. She is an internationally renowned consultant, teacher and lecturer. Indian born, Komilla Sutton is one of the pioneers in making tis subject more accesible for the Western readers. She is the author of ‘Vedic Love Signs’, ‘Vedic Astrology’, ‘The Essentials of Vedic Astrology’ and ‘Lunar nodes – Crisis and Redemption’.www.Komilla.com
William R. Levacy, Ph.D.About William R. Levacy, Ph.D.
William R. (Bill) Levacy holds a BA in Literature, a Master’s in the Science of Creative Intelligence, a Master’s in Education, and a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Human Performance Improvement (HPI). Bill is the author of, “Beneath a Vedic Sky,” “Beneath a Vedic Sun,” and “Vedic Astrology Simply Put.” He is a recipient of the 2011 “Jyotish Medha Pragya” award by the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS) in New Delhi, India and the 2012 “Jyotisha Manasagara” award from the Raman and Rajeshwari Research Foundation, in Bangalore, India. Bill is President of the American College of Vedic Astrology™ (ACVA), and the ACVAOnline ™ educational program at www.acvaonline.org. Bill has maintained an active consulting astrology practice since 1983 and has lectured internationally. Bill lives in Southern California and can be reached at wlevacy@vedicastrologer.com Website: www.vedicastrologer.com
Andrew Foss PhDAbout Andrew Foss PhD
Andrew Foss PhD, is the President and co-founder of the British Association of Vedic Astrology. He has a BA and MA from Oxford University in Physics and an MSc and PhD in Computing Science. He is the author of the leading software for Vedic Astrology, Shri Jyoti Star and the editor of the journal Gochara. He is a Jaimini Scholar and has lectured internationally on Jyotish, Ayurveda and computing and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. Web site: www.vedicsoftware.com
James KelleherAbout James Kelleher
Author of the recently published two-volume book, ‘Path of Light’, Jim is a co-founder of the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA). He recieved his initial training in India and worked for five years in London as the personal assistant to the world-renowned Jyotishi, M.K. Ghandhi. He then returned to the United States where he has been consulting, lecturing and teaching Vedic Astrology since 1984. He is a former board member of CVA and the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA). He has been awarded the titles of Jyotish Kovid and Jyotish Vachapasti by the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS). He maintains a busy private practice in Los Gatos , CA www.jameskelleher.com
Sadasiva (Sam Geppi)About Sadasiva (Sam Geppi)
Sam Geppi (Sadasiva) is the author of “The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology”. He was hired by Dattatreya Shiva Baba to teach the first Astroved University of Vedic Sciences Vedic Astrology Certification Program in 2010. He founded The American Academy of Vedic Art and Science in 2011, and is currently teaching the first Vedic Astrology Certification program through the Academy to more than 60 students.
For free classes and newsletters visit his site at: http://vedicartandscience.com  www.vedicartandscience.com
Swami SitaramanandaAbout Swami Sitaramananda
Swami Sitaramananda is a Yoga, Meditation, and Vedanta teacher for more than 30 years. She is presently the main teacher of the Yoga Teachers Training Courses offered at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA where she is serving as the director for more then 17 years. She also teaches at other Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers in India, Bahamas, Asia, as well as Centers along the West Coast USA, including her birth country, Vietnam.
She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda. She was nominated by her teacher as Goraknath acharya (spiritual teacher, one of the holders of the lineage) in 1989. Her lectures are based on the four classical paths of yoga as well as the 5 points of Health. www.sivanandayogafarm.org/swami_sitaramananda
Olga Mandodari SokolovaAbout Olga Mandodari Sokolova
Olga Mandodari Sokolova, is a certified Vaastu Shastra Consultant. She studied at the International Institute of Mayonic Science & Technology in Chennai, India under Dr. V. Sthapati Ganapati, a world renowned traditional architect of Southern India who relies on Vaastu principles in his projects.
Ms. Sokolova earned her MS degree in Civil Engineering from the Architectural University of St. Petersburg, Russia and Associate of Arts and Associates of Applied Science in Interior Design from the Montgomery College, Rockville MD, USA and received Ph.D. from The Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Colombo, Sri Lanka affiliated with The International Institute of Integral Human Sciences, Montreal, Canada.  www.mandodari.com
Pandit SamavedulaAbout Pandit Samavedula
Pandit Smavedula is a 6th generation Sama Veda pandit who was trained in the Vedas beginning at age 7. He attended the Shri Sarva Raya Veda Patha Shala school in South India, and after 12 years of study, received his Master’s Degree in Vedic Studies (Ganapati Pandit). Panditji will perform the pujas and homas during the conference.  www.vedicyagyacenter.com
William SurfaceAbout William Surface
William Surface is a professional astrologer certified through the Council of Vedic Astrology and is the recipient of the CVA Jyotish Visharada. He has completed Komilla Sutton’s 3 year Jyotish Course and is also a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA). He also holds a B.A in Humanities from the University of Chicago.
Born and raised in New York City and now residing in Portland, Oregon William has been a student of yoga since 2001. The teachings of yoga have had a profound effect on my life, and eventually brought me to the study of Vedic Astrology.  ws-vedicastrologer.com/

msf_largeDevaguru Bṛhaspati Center announces a new program on Mantra Śāstra titled “Mantra Śāstra Foundation” to be taught by Pt. Sanjay Rath.

Objectives

The Mantra Foundation program is to be taught in the tradition of Puri, India and includes spiritual instructions to develop the mind in order to grasp the entire subject. The student is to develop a strong foundation of mantra śāstra which includes a functional knowledge of Sanskrit alphabets and words that form the root sounds of mantras. The program includes five courses.

  1. Bāla Jyotiṣa aims at imparting the rudimentary knowledge of vedic astrology and the Hindu calendar, in addition to the devatā associated
  2. Akṣara includes the Sanskrit syllables, their three divisions into groups of 16, 25 and 9 syllables and the extra 3 that add to the last nine to form the 52 syllables. Personification of the Sanskrit syllables as śaktī and the 52 śaktī pīṭha. Devanāgarī akṣara and the deva nakṣatra chakra, deva rāśi chakra etc. are included.
  3. Mantra pañcāṅga is the fundamental basis of every mantra without which mantra practise is akin to walking in the darkness (tamas)
  4. Mantra Theory teaches the application of mantra for various purposes and the associated colours, posture, mudrā etc.
  5. In Mantra sādhanā we learn about practises associated with penance, daily ritual practise, protection of dwelling and temple, various rules and regulations meant to protect and guide in the sādhanā.
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Schedule

  • Mantra Śāstra Foundation program shall start on Nandana Magha pūrṇimā, (25 February, 2013) and shall include weekly online lessons.
  • Online workshop shall be held on the first Saturday of every third month where the lessons shall be applied and various case studies, illustrations shall be given.
  • Quarterly Quiz shall be the means to assess progress
  • The program is expected to be completed in 12-16 months.

Tuition Fees

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Students residing in India, Nepal, Śrī Lanka and Maldives shall pay about 60% of the fees and not less than ₹ 21,000

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  • Tuition Fees include cost of all materials for the course including lessons delivered online through various media.
  • We do not take any Credit card numbers. Please do not send any Credit or Debit Card information to Sanjay Rath or any of our officers.
  • The tuition fee does not include the cost of travel, boarding, lodging, books and other material (other than the reading material which is a part of the course)
1. Bāla Jyotiṣa 1.01 Foundation: thirty-three devatā; navagraha – adhi Devatā, pratyadhī devatā;
1.02 Nakṣatra mandala, nakṣatra devatā
1.03 Jātaka (horoscope): bhāva, mantra bhāva, bhāveśa, rakṣa bhāva, ayana – dharma, artha, kāma, mokṣa; lagna, Bhairava as guardian of jyotirliñga and śaktī pīṭha
1.04 Pañcāṅga: weekday (vāra), tithi and devatā
1.05 Dṛg (directions), dṛg-graha, digpāla devatā
2. Akṣara
2.01 Sanskrit syllables; mātrā, mātṛkā
2.02 Manuśya: Graha and Tattva Syllables; Manuśya Nakṣatra Syllables: hoḍā chakra; simplified chakra for horoscopy
2.03 Mandala Syllables: Sṛṣṭi, Sthiti and Saṁhāra krama
2.04 Devanāgarī: City of celestials; Deva Nakṣatra syllables; Deva navtārā chakra
2.05 Devanāgarī: Deva Rāśi syllables; Devākṣara rāśi chakra
3. Mantra Pañcāṅga
3.01 Mantra Ṛṣi, Chandas, Devatā, Bīja and Śaktī; Tattva bhāva; Nirbīja mantra; Kīlaka
3.02 Mantra Rupa (form); Mantra Śaktī
3.03 Rising of Five elements
3.04 Chandas Theory
3.05 Prasiddha mantra
4. Mantra Theory
4.01 Ṣaḍkarma definition
4.02 Devatā colours; ṣaḍṛtu; ṣaḍkarma vāra, tithi etc.
4.03 Ṣaḍkarma directions
4.04 Posture, Mudrā
4.05 Mālā: The rosary
5. Penance: Mantra Sādhanā
5.01 Five kinds of sādhanā; mantra saṅdhyā
5.02 Daily worship, morning rites, guru, iṣṭa devatā, bathing
5.03 Tilakaṁ: vaiṣṇava, śaiva; ācamana (quenching thirst, inner cleansing); dvārapāla (door guardians for protection of residence, place); vighna-nāśa (destruction of obstacles called bādhaka); āsana (seat); arrangement for pujā
5.04 Yama, niyama, āsana, prāṇāyama
5.05 Pañca Upacāra pujā (five offerings and their impact); Japa; Dedication

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The course for each academic year of the Parāśara Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita program shall commence from Makara saṅkrānti (about 14 January, 2013) and shall be taught online at http://devaguru.com

Himalaya Contact

The contact course shall be for about 10 days (as required for each year, refer short syllabus) at the Himalayas, India during the month of March every year.
Students may not be admitted to subsequent years if they fail to attend the contact course in India. Special allowances can be made for unforeseen circumstances at the discretion of the course director. Students who are attending another course like Jaimini Scholar Program (www.jaiminisutra.com) do not have to attend the contact course.

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All courses are designed and taught by Pt. Sanjay Rath who will be supported by assistant instructor(s) to help with assignments, calculations etc.
Office Address: 15B Gangaram Hospital Road, New Delhi 110060, India
Phone: +91-11-42430122, +91-11-25727262
Email: guruji@srath.com

Jack Labanauskas [em@guna.us], Editor of the Enneagram Monthly http://enneagrammonthly.com/ reports the final year and certification of the first batch of Jaimini Scholar program at page 2 of EM Issue 182.

After two months in a perfectly nice nice place on the edge of a little lake, in the Himalayan foothills with weather only matched by California or Hawaii, it was still east, west, home’s best. This trip turned out to be extremely productive towards finding connections between the Enneagram and Jyotish (Vedic) astronomy/ astrology.


After five years of daily homework and yearly trips to attend month+ intensive retreats in India, Sue Ann McKean got her master’s degree as a Jaimini Scholar, (better her than me, I couldn’t have done it…) while I came along three of those years in search of links between Jyotish and the Enneagram. Well, to be honest, it was also fun hanging out with some of the scholars from various countries that had become good friends. But most rewarding was the time spent with our teacher, pundit Sanjay Rath and his wife Sarbani who is an accomplished Sanskrit and Jaimini scholar. Sanjay is widely respected as head of a venerated lineage of jyotishees and author of many books on that subject. He is also no slouch in things new, scientific or Western, given his degree in satellite engineering.
During our stays in India and whenever Sanjay and Sarbani came to California on teaching tours, we’d have discussions about correlations between the nine “grahas,” cosmic influences that affect our personality,
(as symbolized by the nine planets used in Vedic astrology) and the nine enneagram types. We have finalized the correlations to our satisfaction and to our surprise found that both systems can benefit from the
strengths of each. The Enneagram’s contribution is in the dynamic of the figure describing the movement of energies, while Jyotish offers a deeper understanding of the energies themselves. Furthermore Jyotish has
always had the thing that was missing in the Enneagram completely: the element of time! For example, how can we know when we are likely to make a move along the lines towards what we generally refer to
as integration or disintegration. Here too we found a way of predicting the timing and nature of these shifts. We are currently testing this theory and in a few months we hope to have worked out a technique that is practical and easy enough to apply without complex calculations.
As I have mentioned before, Jyotish is infinitely more complex than anything that has been written about the Enneagram since and including the Greeks, Evagrius Ponticus, Ramon Lull, Gurdjieff, Ichazo, Naranjo and others. But that’s not a fair comparison, since Jyotish stands on the shoulders of 3000-5000 years of sacred scriptures, many attributed to enlightened souls. The enneagram in its current form is about half a century old and considering that, we’ve come very far.

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